West Seattle, Washington
As previewed last week, Sub Pop Records is visiting two community councils in West Seattle this week to talk about its big 30th anniversary party at Alki on August 11th (first announced here in January).
First up – tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, where Sound Transit light rail and a for-sale greenbelt were discussed too, but Sub Pop’s party was the big story. Lots of new information:
Megan Jasper, CEO of Sub Pop, led the briefing. “We live here,” she said, noting that – as mentioned in the original announcement – many Sub Pop employees and managers live in West Seattle and want to do their best to make this an event their own neighborhood can be proud of.
The band lineup is currently planned to be unveiled May 29th. Now that we have that question answered, about the crowd estimate:
(WSB photo of part of the encampment area, as seen from southbound Highway 509)
As first reported here eight days ago, the city and state plan to clean up an unauthorized encampment area on the slope over Highway 509, east of Myers Way, starting tomorrow. We talked with city spokesperson Will Lemke for a detailed followup a week ago and checked back with him today – at which time he confirmed work will start tomorrow:
You will see the Navigation Team and WSDOT crews on site, probably accessing the area from 509. The Nav Team will continue to offer services, shelter, and storage of items as the removal proceeds. WSDOT is scheduled to work on the drainage system soon-thereafter. We have allocated two days to the effort … We believe there is about a half-dozen people living in this specific section of the Myers Way greenbelt. Again, this is only for this section abutting 509 and the WSDOT drainage system.
That’s a reiteration that the encampment areas “on the plateau” immediately east of Myers Way, and “the grotto” beneath it, are not involved in the cleanup plan.
P.S. Earlier today, Lemke was one of the city staffers who briefed a City Council committee about ongoing encampment cleanups (see the Seattle Channel video here). This cleanup wasn’t discussed, but one staffer acknowledged that there are at least 400 known unauthorized encampments within the city limits.
Out of the WSB inbox, from Gary:
A 2004 silver-and-black Chevy Avalanche was stolen from Gatewood on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The truck has personalized Seahawk plates that say “Perkins.” If seen, please dial 911.
UPDATE: The vehicle’s been found.
Nine teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from around the city will face off in the Global Reading Challenge finals next week, and one is from West Seattle! The Pathfinder K-8 “Enlightened Eagles” made it to the GRC finals! You’re invited to cheer them on in the auditorium at the Central Library downtown at 7 pm Tuesday, March 20th. As explained in the SPL announcement we received:
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.
The Global Reading Challenge started at the Library in 1995 with just 27 students. Now, more than 3,000 fourth- and fifth-graders from more than 65 Seattle Public Schools participate.
To compete in the Global Reading Challenge, fourth- and fifth-graders work together on teams and read 10 books from November to early February, when they are quizzed on the books during in-school challenges. The winning team from each school proceeds to the semifinals, and the winner for each semifinal advances to the City Final Challenge.
Here’s this year’s list of books.
Just in from the King County Sheriff’s Office. No known incidents in West Seattle, though as explained below, one wasn’t far:
In a span of 4 days a new *SCAM* has surfaced. Male suspect or younger-sounding female claims they have kidnapped the caller’s kids and won’t return them without money.
On 03/08/2018 in the Ravensdale area, a Mom had dropped her two kids off at the school bus in the morning. A short time after the bus left, the mom got a call from a blocked number. The male caller, described as having an accent, stated that he had her daughter and used her real name, although he had her last name slightly wrong. He told the mom that if she didn’t meet him with money in exchange for her daughter’s release he would “kill the child.” In a panic, the mom called the school and confirmed both her daughters were in school and safe.
Four days later, on 03/12/2018 in unincorporated King County near White Center, a father received a phone call from a blocked number. A younger sounding female came on the line pretending to be the daughter of that father. The female stated she was kidnapped and the suspect needed money to release her. The male suspect, again described as having an accent, then got on the phone and demanded money from the father or he “would hurt her.” The suspect then hung up on the father and the number was blocked so he had no way to call back. The father called his daughter’s school and, once again, was assured the child was safe at school with no issues.
Please keep in mind these type of phone calls are *SCAMS* – never provide money to anyone over the phone.
The parents did the right thing in these instances, confirmed with the school their kids were ok and called 911 to report it.
Didn’t have this on the calendar but saw it on the weekly bulletin from Denny International Middle School: Tonight at Denny (2601 SW Kenyon), 6:30 pm, Seattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting about the future of its international schools and dual-language-immersion programs. Denny is one of three in our area, along with Chief Sealth International High School and Concord International (Elementary) School. This follows a formal districtwide program review (read it here or see the toplines here).
Two ways to go green this St. Patrick’s Day (next Saturday, March 17th) without leaving the peninsula:
BEACH CLEANUP: The photo is from Puget Soundkeeper, which invites you to help clean up Alki, for the benefit of life offshore as well as onshore:
Marine debris includes human-made trash, litter, discarded equipment, and other solid material that enters our waterways and oceans and ends up floating out to sea or fouling our beaches and shorelines. Ninety percent of marine debris is plastic, which breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, accumulates pollutants, and ends up in wildlife and in the food we eat. Through ingestion, strangulation, entrapment and injury, marine debris kills and injures thousands of animals every year. Due to the long life of these products, litter and debris will continue to harm the environment until someone comes along to clean up the mess.
Soundkeeper holds cleanups around the Puget Sound region to get trash off our shorelines and out of our waterways, and works to support policies that can move us towards more responsible consumption habits and waste management infrastructure. Cleanups are open to everyone and only require a willingness to get dirty! Soundkeeper will provide trash bags, grabbers, and gloves and will help properly dispose of trash when finished.
Time: 10 am – 12 pm. Location: Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW) The 37 bus runs adjacent to the beach. Free street parking is available along Alki Ave SW. Volunteers will meet up at the Statue of Liberty Plaza near the beach.
What to bring: Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Wear athletic clothing that can get wet and/or muddy, and bring an extra set of clothes if you wish to change afterwards. Old tennis shoes are a good option if you don’t have water shoes. If it is sunny, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. All cleanup equipment is provided.
Waivers: Everyone will need to sign a Puget Soundkeeper waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign the waiver on their behalf. To RSVP: Call 206-297-7002 or email Hillary (email@example.com)
GO GREEN WITH SWS @ C & P: Then on Saturday night, as announced by Stu Hennessey of Sustainable West Seattle:
Sustainable West Seattle is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the saving of a West Seattle green space and public gathering area, C & P Coffee.
Celebrate the GREEN and the victory of C & P Coffee keeping their very public, open Green Space and valuable community small business. This is a victory for all of us! There will be music and the usual menu from C&P available for purchase. We will be glad to talk to you about being GREEN in West Seattle.
Saturday, March 17th, from 6:30 to 9 pm at C & P Coffee, 5612 California SW.
Three items in West Seattle Crime Watch so far today:
STOLEN CR-V: From Taylor:
> Wanted to put the word out my car was stolen sometime between Monday afternoon at 3pm (last seen) to 5:00 am Tuesday morning (today). Car was stolen out of my apartment building’s parking lot, which is open off the street (no garage or gate) on 35th Ave between the blocks of Barton and Trenton. Car is a silver 1999 Honda CR-V. Police report has been filed. License plates AMY0339.
TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Taylor tells us the car was found in Burien.
CAR PROWL: TM on 42nd SW in Gatewood reported this morning, “My car was run through some time last night. Parked on the street, must have been unlocked. Looks like just change taken from closed console but hard to tell right now.” If you live in the area and have a car, TM suggests, you might consider checking to see if you got hit too.
BUSINESS SAFETY: Monday afternoon, we mentioned tip-jar thieves reported in The Junction, all too common of a crime. Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner reminds us that one of her roles is to “provide safety/security assessments for businesses- using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, in addition to supplying tips based on recent crime trends and patterns.” (And yes, that includes talking about tip jars.) This is a free service. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-256-6820.
What a spectacular sunrise before everything went back to classic Seattle gray! The photo above is from Joel in Highland Park. Tonight’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means four area neighborhood groups are meeting, and welcoming anyone/everyone living, working, studying, playing in their areas to come talk about/listen to what’s going on:
SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: Come meet up with SDCG at 7 pm at Two Fingers Social – all ages welcome. Find out more about the group here. (9211 Delridge Way SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: As mentioned in earlier previews, tonight’s (corrected) 6:30 pm meeting at The Sanctuary at Admiral includes two major agenda items – Q&A with Sub Pop about its big 30th anniversary party at Alki on August 11th, and ANA president Larry Wymer leading a discussion of Sound Transit’s West Seattle light-rail planning process. (42nd SW/SW Lander)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: All are welcome at the 7 pm monthly board meeting at historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, with an agenda including:
West Seattle Police Precinct Update – Lt. Ron Smith 10 Min
Annual Meeting and Food Fest
Joslin Building Proposed Rezone
Parking Concerns and SDOT Correspondence
2017/2018 FCA Survey
New Neighbor Bag, West Seattle 101
Endolyne Planter Update
Rose Street Traffic light
SW District Council Update
The meeting room is just inside the schoolhouse’s front entrance. (9131 California SW)
SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at South Park Neighborhood Center, with an agenda including the Seattle Neighborhood Group and the city Department of Neighborhoods talking about the ongoing Your Voice, Your Choice. And the meeting starts with food! (8201 10th Ave. S.)
Also from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
NURSING PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS: Two at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) this midday, 11 am-noon and noon-1 pm – details here. (6000 16th SW)
ST. PATRICK’S DAY LUNCH: Doors open at 11:30 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle. If you haven’t already made a reservation, call first to see if there’s still room. (4217 SW Oregon)
MEDITATION: Get centered. Join the Shambhala Meditation group’s weekly event at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7 pm – details in our listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: Bring the kids to Delridge Library at 7 pm for stories, songs, and rhymes. Free, as always. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
AND THERE’S MORE … always, easily browsable, on our complete-calendar page.
We’ve just heard from another local troop that will be collecting food door-to-door this Saturday for the Scouting for Food drive. From Boy Scout Troop 284 parent Dwight Gilmore:
If you live on SW 29th through SW 34th St. between SW Myrtle St. & SW Henderson St., Boy Scout Troop #284 (based at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church) would like you to know that for our Scouting for Food effort this year, we will be picking up donations for the West Seattle Food Bank this Saturday morning (the 17th). If you’re within the above-mentioned area and would like to contribute, please leave your donations outside your front door by 8:00 AM. In the unlikely event that we miss your donation (if it hasn’t been picked up by about 2 PM this Saturday), you can email me at email@example.com, and I’ll see that it gets picked up by Sunday evening.
The most needed items are:
Thank you in advance for helping those in need in our community!
Previously, we published Cub Scout Pack 799‘s announcement. Any other troops/packs? firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d be happy to announce yours too.
(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)
6:57 AM: Good morning! We just checked around – no incidents are reported so far on the routes in and from West Seattle. No transit alerts in the area either.
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